The Best Irish Music
to Watch in 2018

Our expert 2FM panel has chosen 12 Irish acts they think will be the most important of 2018.


DAY_S is a 22-year-old Dublin native who learned to hone his songwriting craft at a young age. Bringing to the table his signature blend of expertly crafted piano lines, soulful vocals and solemn lyrics, DAY_S is a laid-back guy who's also a naturally alluring talented performer.
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Fontaines D.C.

"Like some of the great Irish rock acts that have gone before them (Sultans Of Ping FC, & Humanzi), Fontaines D.C. have that ingredient that makes them essential listening. Their tunes just keep getting better, and live they're an act that you really have to check out." - Dan Hegarty, 2FM Presenter
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Search Party Animal

Young Irish band Search Party Animal (average age 19), create a sound which transcends the sum of its parts. They have been playing together from the age of 14 and are becoming known for their energetic live shows. They are fronted by Dundrum native Adam Redmond, a multi instrumentalist and principal songwriter for the band.
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Hailed by Line of Best Fit as 'an unstoppable force of nature', Irish native LYRA delivers an exciting blend of dark electronic pop. Influenced by icons such as Kate Bush, Lykke Li and Bat for Lashes, LYRA has spent the past year honing her sound, writing with the likes of Braque, Charlie Hugall and Phil Cook.
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Dermot Kennedy

Dermot Kennedy has generated a diehard fan following, both through his independently released music, and as a revered live performer. Having amassed over 80 million streams for his songs so far, Dermot has an ear for crafting tracks that are stripped-back yet explosive.
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Le Boom

Since appearing as a duo under the Le Boom name last summer and garnering 230,000 Spotify plays for their debut single, Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon have quickly become one of the most sought-after new acts in Irish music. Their electronic house-pop is a rush, it starts dance parties.
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LAOISE is an Irish electro-pop artist hailing from Galway. Her music incorporates elements of synth, soul and alternative pop. Her lyrics draw inspiration from feelings of anxiety and angst, many of which reveal inclinations of hopelessness and despair, which she defiantly contrasts with confidence and complacency.
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Chasing Abbey

Chasing Abbey hail from County Offaly and are best friends since childhood. Ro (20), Bee (22) and Teddy C (22) found their unlikely stride in their fusing of urban musical genres with contemporary pop soundscapes. These boys are all about their blending of rap with huge hook choruses.
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Mango x Mathman

Dublin's very own Mango & MathMan are two leading figures in the new wave of exciting Irish urban music. Mango's lyricism embodies Dublin wit, humour and attitude over MathMan's diverse and captivating productions. Their live shows have become the highlight of festivals around the country, inducing old school rave parties for a new Ireland.
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Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo are Caoimhe Barry, Karen Cowley and Saoirse Duane. "These songs are a collection of experiences both separate and shared. Experiences that shape how we view the world, and how we've come to terms with the way our lives have unfolded."
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Jafaris is a hard grafting, genre-hopping young Irish artist from Dublin who has managed to cram a near impossible amount of work into just one year and caused a huge stir in the Irish music scene while doing so.
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Sorcha Richardson

Born and raised in Dublin, singer/songwriter Sorcha Richardson moved to New York to study and started performing at dive bars and college parties, while also sharing some bedroom-made demos online. The release of her single Petrol Station marked her as a unique talent and highlighted her knack for writing catchy hooks and sharp, poignant lyrics.
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